Saturday, 16 June 2018

Back on track

I hope I am back on track and I have started to settle down to getting the mini house sorted now the big one is ticking over nicely.

Crossed fingers I can produce the old Saturday edition of the Dalton house blog each week, again.

I am still putting back rooms and looking in my storage boxes for tiny things to see what dressing I may or may not have for said rooms when they are settled.

Today (14/06/16) I got four rooms back in place.  They are all on the ground level and are the formal part of the house which is mostly used for entertaining visitors.  It has been refurbished and furnished to echo the feeling of the house's original rooms.

The sitting room - the lamps at the back need holes drilling for the wires to go through to the back and I want two paintings for the sofa walls.  the wires will go through two pretend wall sockets and I may add another on a side wall.  I have a lovely Elizabeth Causeret (I think??) green bowl on the right hand table and a clock which won't go on the mantle on the left.  It was intended for in front of the mirror but the mantel is too slim.  Georgian mantels didn't hold loads of 'trinklements' like the Victorian ones went on to do.  The walls won't need radiators as there is underfloor heating on this floor of the house to help keep the feel of the original building.

formal sitting room

The hallway
- I have no idea what I will dress the hall tables with; all I have so far is a plant and a bunch of keys.  Again this is the ground floor and free of radiators but it still needs some wall sockets, an alarm, and a doorbell box.  I also need a painting for the left wall.


The dining room - I would love to find and make another House of Miniatures huntboard (like the one on the left wall) for the right wall rather than the too small demi table  - I do love symmetry.  In the loooooong meanwhile whilst waiting to find one the demi table will have to do.  I actually have far too much stuff to dress the dining room with - lots of silver and glass and china.  So, very soon, I will be getting on with that and wondering what to do with the leftovers.  Yet again two more wall sockets are needed in here.  I also need two very grand paintings for each side wall.


The music room - again I need several paintings of various sizes for this room.  There is a bust of Mozart so the paintings will be part of a celebration of the baroque - as that extended from 1600 to 1750 I should have enough to go at.  The pair of black pots are lovely.  They have lids which actually come off and the bases are paper thin and so pretty - I don't really have a good place to show them.  They may end up on a windowsill.  I need two pretty chairs one for each side wall and I will be making a chaise/bench seat for across the centre front (between the two left hand windows)  The room could seat a dozen people and for a larger gathering it can have the furniture moved around and others chairs brought in.  It is a music room which is used by the family but occasional recitals are also given here.  It doubles up as a card room too and card tables and chairs are brought in for the occasional game of bridge after dinner with friends.  One table is always left in place for the family to use.  Someone has left an unfinished solitaire game on it right now.  On a more prosaic note it needs wall sockets. (but no radiators!) 



I am having a hard time dressing the rooms as they lack suitable surfaces.  I intend to try to make windowsills when I come to work on the fourth wall so a few things can be dotted about there which will help.

16 comments:

  1. Oh Marilyn! These rooms have such lovely bones, and I am excited that you are back on the mini track again! I know you'll come up with some marvelous art work, and the accessory ideas will burst forth with each new layer you add. I'm looking forward to the regular Saturday posts again!

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    1. Thank you Jodi, bones indeed, now for the flesh! Saturdays are on track.

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  2. Hi Marilyn
    Your rooms have a quiet elegance and refinement which suits them to a "T"!
    Your cello and violin from the show and now in the Music room look very good and were the Right Investment for Dalton House.
    And by the way, I LOVE the carpet you've selected for this room- great size!
    Adding the accessories is always the most fun stage of any build yet to have them showcased in such Lovely surroundings is where they'll Really get their chance to Shine! :D

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    1. Yeah (ish) I can live with the cello and violin for now. The rug is made up from two rugs as I couldn't find anything big enough see here if you want to see how it came about : https://daltonhouse.blogspot.com/search?q=rug

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  3. Hello Marilyn - it's great to hear that you're all settled into your new home and back Dalton-ing again! The photos are a lovely reminder of what we've been missing and they show a lovely mix of period property fixtures and modern day living. Good luck with your accessorising - that's the pricey bit - and I'm really looking forward to seeing more progress now that you've got your mini workspace up and running.

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    1. Thank you Irene, glad you like the mix. As you say the accessories are the hard things to part with money on as they are so tiny and one of many so seem to get lost, but needs must... M

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  4. So lovely and peaceful. I'm so pleased for you that you're back to mini-ing and your 1:1 house is at the stage where you're not constantly working on it. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    1. Hi Sheila, I wonder how many of us are able to escape our normal home making urges when we do minis. My large and mini homes always seem to be super tidy and clutter free. Every time my daughter visits she says how lovely and calm my 1:1 house is.

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  5. Muy bonitas estancias, seguro que cuando cuelgues cuadros y demás complementos te quedará una casa encantadora.Feliz fin de semana:-)

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    1. Gracias. Ahora todo lo que tengo que hacer es encontrar las muchas cosas que necesito. Marilyn

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  6. So exciting to see the house being set up!

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    1. It is Katherine, I was beginning to think it would never happen.

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  7. Lovely Marilyn! Maybe some family portraits through the ages would look good in the hallway? Also, a beautiful big vase full of flowers and some more photos in small standing frames. And if you are struggling to find surfaces to display items, how about some shelves or brackets/corbels for display? They seemed popular in Georgian times. Anyway, just some ideas! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Shannon. I am giving much thought as to how I can squeeze in tables etc to put things on and, like you considered what I can do with the walls - I need to look at Georgian rooms some more. They were pretty spartan especially compared with what was to follow. M

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  8. Great progress! The rooms are very atmospheric. I love the current spartan look.

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    1. Thanks Megan, Spartan is my middle name. I actually LOVE that cluttered interesting arty look that people achieve in real life and minis but I really can't do it... I have tried but then just feel 'untidy' - things are more harmonious for me if there are calm colours and not too many of them and a lot of symmetry - so no guessing as to why I love Georgian - again, in real life as well as small. M

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